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"Civil society is where ordinary men and women, acting as individuals and communities, take the initiative to advance what matters most to them."

The.Ismaili is pleased to publish an interview with Dr Amyn Sajoo, a specialist in international human rights, civil society, and public ethics. As part of a series of interviews with key figures, Dr Sajoo discusses the notion of civil society, its history, significance, and potential to enrich democratic life around the world. 

The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston. Shiraz Khabani

The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston is a place of gathering, learning and exchange. Each year, thousands visit the Center to engage in discussions on important issues, take in cultural performances and art exhibitions, or attend a social event and explore the building’s remarkable architecture.

Zahra Jessa runs as a torch bearer in the 2012 London Olympics on 25 July.

Today’s opening of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games marks an historic moment for the city and for modern sport gatherings. Approximately 680 members of the Ismaili community registered to help in the Olympic effort, and will take part as drummers, dancers, torch bearers and Olympic Ambassadors.

The Visual Arts Group, under the aegis of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom, invites Jamati members to submit photographs taken as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Visual Arts Group, under the aegis of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom, invites Jamati members to submit photographs taken as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A selection of these images will be published in The Ismaili UK magazine and displayed on TheIsmaili.org website.

The rubab features prominently in the musical traditions of Central Asia, and is one of many instruments that contribute to the rich diversity of music in the Jamat and the ummah.

As it prepares for its January 2012 concert, the UK Ismaili Community Ensemble has found resonance with the values of the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic Games. The celebration of cultural diversity, finding ways to inspire and involve young people, and leaving a positive legacy in London through social cohesion and cultural participation are notions that are shared by the Ensemble and have influenced the music it has created.

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